Trench work progressing well

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Service trench progress

Sussex Wildlife Trust is pleased to say that the service trench for the Rye Harbour Discovery Centre is progressing well. Baxall will shortly be moving into phase two, and this section is expected to take six weeks.

The stretch of the path near Rye Harbour Discovery Centre where the crew have been working for the past few weeks will fully reopen. But the next section they are working on, the part of the road between the gate and the information cabins, will be temporarily closed and fenced off to protect visitors and workers.

This is necessary because the contractors will be digging in the road. Since the grass bank forms part of the sea defence, it cannot be excavated.

The path on the grass bank alongside the works will continue to be available for visitors to walk along. However, the grass bank path isn’t accessible for wheelchair users, so we would please request that visitors with mobility issues enter the reserve from the Winchelsea Beach end, using the Environment Agency road from the Dogs Hill car park.

There will also be a signposted, alternative route along the public footpath through the Rye Harbour Holiday Park, but this does have a very narrow bridge with a step.

All visitors are politely reminded of the government message to stay alert and maintain social distancing. Thanks to everyone for their cooperation and patience. Access will be restored as soon as it is safe to do so, and we will be issuing regular updates on social media and on our website. For more information, see here.

Rye Harbour Discovery Centre is a joint venture between Sussex Wildlife Trust and the Friends of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.

Image Credits: Sussex Wildlife Trust .

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